Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We hope these Prayers of the Faithful for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan 28-29, 2023, are helpful to you in your personal prayer life. Some friends have shared that they have chosen one intention each day to sit with, in reflection. Perhaps that’s an idea for you, too!

Today Matthew gives us Jesus’ path to peace and health, a path that is different from the thinking and practice of many. We ask for the ears to hear Jesus’ call and the eyes to follow his path. And we pray:

That your church embrace your path, a path that risks failure because it seeks love and healing, because it follows a path that leads to reconciliation, wholeness, and inclusion, not safety or certitude….we pray to the Lord.

This week, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week and our own School, St. Brigid. We pray blessings on the ministry of education and on our school. Lead its families, teachers, and administrators in ways of justice, integrity, and caring. May we rejoice in forming young people alive with faith and hope and a personal knowledge of your Son. We pray to the Lord.

Lord, how kind we are to animals, but when it comes to human beings, often we turn away, unable to cope with facing up to others’ needs. Help us to know how we can help. Take away the fear that so often stops us from reaching out. We pray to the Lord.

That those elected or chosen to make hard decisions have the courage and wisdom to make those choices in ways that actually solve problems – in ways that are fair and honest and not based on personal or partisan gain. We pray to the Lord.

That those who are burdened by discouragement, guilt, or depression be given healing and hope, and that people to listen to them and care for them. We pray to the Lord.

That our deceased brothers and sisters be given the disciple’s reward for following Jesus’ way of living. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 PM  Paul Hayes by Natalie Baltos
7:30 AM  For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM Catherine I. Banks by Daughter, Cathy
5:00 PM  Priest Intention
5:00 PM at St. Pius X to kick-off Catholic Schools Week: For the well-being of our School and students and their families.
We pray to the Lord.

We entrust these prayers to your care. And we ask that you turn us around God, around into your way of thinking, your way of loving. Turn us around, God and let us meet Jesus, face to face in our brothers and sisters. Baptize our fears with your joy. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

We share this week’s Prayers of the Faithful, which is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,  Jan 21-22, 2023 trusting that they will be helpful in your own prayer life and reflection.
Today St. Paul urges us to be united in the same mind and same purpose and to put aside rivalries. We pray: 

In this week of prayer for Christian unity, God, help us see clearly the divisions in our churches and to be willing to engage in honest dialogue with those whose ideas and traditions differ from our own. Help us to seek out and find ways our local churches can work together and share our resources with those in need, we pray to the Lord.

For enough courage, wisdom and compassion to enable us to heal the divisions that are harming both our own Catholic Church and our nation, we pray to the Lord.

For those whose faces and stories we have seen on the news this week: for those who live in places of fear and war, for those who are homeless and for those whose decisions affect the lives of nations, we pray to the Lord.

For healing and honesty where there are divisions and hurt within our families, we pray to the Lord

For courage to follow Jesus’ call to love with radical hospitality, to live a different way, to be able to see him wherever we go, we pray to the Lord.

For our brothers and sisters in California and other places of extreme, dangerous and damaging weather, for safety, and blessings on those who are suffering and those who have died. We pray to the Lord.

For fulfillment of all the promises of eternal life for all who have died, our loved ones, and particularly those we remember in our liturgy today:

4:30 PM Bernard Deschanes by his wife Yvette.

7:30 AM For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Aline Ruch Frank by The Williams Family

5:00 PM John Hogan and Mary Lou Bivens by Lynn and Judy Bivens
We pray to the Lord

We entrust to your care today these prayers and those we hold in our hearts. We acknowledge that we love the familiar, the church ways and places we have long known, but you call us through our baptism and the Eucharist to step to a future to which Christ is leading us. Give us the grace and will to follow you into this future. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ( January 14-15, 2023) in the hopes that they are helpful to you in your own prayerful reflections this week. Lord, hear our prayers:

The promise of Jesus and the prophets is that the love of God embraces all peoples and God’s kindness and mercy know no limits. Trusting in that welcome, we pray: 

That our Church and leaders be guided by the Holy Spirit, a Spirit of hope, courage, integrity and mercy, and that these gifts be shown in our words and deeds, we pray to the Lord.

This week, as we remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, may the Holy Spirit help us to see where racism, fear, and hatred are present in our society, its actions, and our attitudes. We pray that we all are able to love our neighbor as Jesus asks. We pray to the Lord.

Starting on Wednesday, Christian churches observe a week of prayer for Christian unity. Jesus prayed that we might all be one, not necessarily the same, but united in hearts and minds and mutual respect. May we seek those gifts and live them. For our brother and sister Christians in other churches and communities of faith, we pray to the Lord.

Where there is brokenness in relationships, loss of hope that change can happen, or where we are held back by fear, we ask the Spirit for healing, hope, vision and courage, for ourselves and our church, we pray to the Lord.

For all who are hungry or homeless here in Maine, and around the world, and for those exploited by the powerful of this world, we pray to the Lord.

For all who give of their time, their energy, ideas, and resources in our community agencies, organizations, and non-profits. Their work benefits us all. We pray to the Lord.

For all who have died and those who are dying today. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Mathieu by Yvette Deschanes

7:30 AM Edward Piderit by the Morrison Family

9:30 AM  For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM Helen Polito by Therese Flaherty & Family

We pray to the Lord.  

God of our strength, hear our prayers. May our oneness with you and each other, be the living sign of your presence in our divided world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Epiphany

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Epiphany

We hope that you find these Prayers of the Faithful from Mass this weekend, celebrating  Epiphany (Jan 7-8, 2023), to be helpful to you in your reflections and prayer life this week.

We celebrate the light and hope shown to us in the birth of Christ, a light meant for all people, all nations. Trusting in that light we pray:

For our church. That we might honestly recognize our failings, reach out in sincerity and humility to those who have been hurt and seek Christ’s light for the future. We pray to the Lord.

For all who, like the Magi, are seekers today. Those seeking truth and justice, those seeking a safe place to live, those seeking to begin again in recovery or new commitments, may they find the light and hope they desire. We pray to the Lord.

For those for whom the darkness is very dark: those trapped by addiction to drugs, for those who struggle to accept God’s desire to bless and forgive them, for those who have no one to show them the light of love, we pray to the Lord.

For any of us and all of us when we fear to come to God with our needs or find it impossible to believe that we can change, or the world can change. We pray to the Lord.

For people living in fear of war or domestic violence or human trafficking or the fear of facing illness or of being alone, we pray to the Lord.

For our deceased loved ones that they now be gathered on another shore and in a greater light. At this liturgy we especially entrust to God:
4:30 PM Michael William Joyce by Paulette Tidd
7:30 AM Josette LeBlanc by Rudy & Lena LeBlanc & Family
9:30 AM William & Michael Jennings by the Jennings Family
5:00 PM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.

Let us join – and welcome – all nations and peoples in adoring you, for like the Magi we find our everlasting light in your Son who dwells with us. We make these prayers in His name. Amen

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Here are our Prayers of the Faithful from this weekend, which was the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Dec 31-Jan 1). We hope these are helpful to you as you continue your own spiritual practice and conversations with God.

Through Jesus Christ, born of Mary, let us welcome the year 2023 by turning to God in prayer:

We pray for the Church of God throughout the world and here, for Pope Francis and our leaders, that they be people of faith, courage and compassion, for former Pope Benedict, that God be gentle with him, and for us, that we be carriers of the light and hope of Jesus in our world, we pray to the Lord.

At the start of this new year, we pray that with your help we can let go of the past, our failures, our guilt and shame and lift up our eyes to look to the future. Strengthen our resolve, enlighten our minds, and inflame our hearts with love for you and for all our brothers and sisters, especially those we find difficult or those we have been taught to fear or judge, we pray to the Lord.

We thank you and ask your blessing on those people who matter to us, who have given themselves to us. We ask you to bless those people who often go unnoticed or whose presence is unwanted, for we believe you are present to us through all of them. We pray to the Lord.

Bless those who have suffered this week from winter storms and lost power, those stranded far from home. Bless those who suffer every week from lack of food or shelter and those who have been forced to flee from their homelands. Bless those gathered at our southern border and guide our government to compassionate and wise decisions about what to do. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the Sisters of Mercy who have served and are serving the people of Maine. As they renew their commitment to Mercy today – and to us – bless them with consolation and all the gifts they need to continue their work and witness. We pray to the Lord.

Open our minds and imaginations to see that the Christmas story is not something to put way with the decorations but instead is a radical invitation from God to join in making the world a better place, and that in the gift of God’s Spirit, this is actually possible. We pray to the Lord.

Bless and receive those who have gone before us, especially those who have died in this past year. We remember Mary Smith, sister of Fr. Vince Curtin, SJ, and all our loved ones. At this liturgy we place in your hands:
4:30 PM  Jimmy & Kay Nappi by Robert & Linda Nappi
7:30 AM  For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM  Mary J. Mazziotti by Pamela Burnell
5:00 PM  Charlotte A. O’Connor by David M. O’Connor
We pray to the Lord.

We offer you these prayers and our hearts. Help us to approach this new year filled with the joy of your companionship, as we step out in faith with you, ready to face the future, whatever it may hold. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Christmas

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Christmas

Merry Christmas!  We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from Masses for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2022.  May we reflect on our many blessings with gratitude and support the prayerful intentions of our neighbors, known and unknown to us, too.

When the world was dark and the city was quiet, you came. You crept in beside us And no one knew, only the few who dared to believe that God might do something different.

Lord, come into the darkness of today’s world, a darkness in which people have stopped believing that war will end or food will come or a government will change or that the Church cares or that they matter. We pray to the Lord.

Lord come into the darkness when the phone has not rung, the letter has not come, the friendly voice no longer speaks, the doctor’s face says it all. We pray to the Lord.

Lord come to be with travelers, those traveling home for Christmas, those traveling because they have no place they can call their own. Come to be with children who will be born today and for their families. We pray to the Lord.

Lord come to be with all who are sick and for those who care for them (we pause now if you wish to mention aloud or silently the name of a person….). We pray to the Lord.

Lord, come to be with us in our needs, our worries, hopes, and dreams. Be with us and with our families. We pray to the Lord.

This Christmas and New Year, be close to our parish and school. Help us to speak and live your message of love for all people. We pray to the Lord.

At this Christmas Mass we especially remember our loved ones and pray they are with you. We remember them with flowers given in their names, with the white lights we bless at our first Christmas Mass at St. Joseph, we remember them in our hearts. At this liturgy we especially entrust to you:
4:00 PM St. Pius X:  Jimmy & Kay Nappi by Robert & Linda
4:00 PM St. Joseph:  Raymond & Ida Thibodeau & Donald Ingalls by Jean & Family
6:30 PM St. Pius X: Richard Colucci by Sharon Robbins
10:00 PM St. Joseph: For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
7:30 AM St. Joseph: John Roberts by Ralph Roberts
9:30 AM St. Pius X: Vivian P. Ryan by her Husband Bob
9:30 AM St. Joseph:  Briana Marie Murphy by the Conley-Murphy Family
We pray to the Lord.

Immanuel, God with us, help us this Christmas to listen to the angels and not be afraid of you. Help us to believe in your love for us. Come into our lives with joy. Amen.

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